• May 8, 2006


With so many 2005 Crossfires sitting on dealer lots across the U.S. that Chrysler resorted to discounting the car on Overstock.com during the Christmas season, the company has no plans for a 2006 model in the U.S.

But it's not all doom and gloom for Chrysler's RWD sports car. There is a 2006 model - you just can't get it in the U.S. Chrysler customers in Europe are able to buy the 2006 Crossfire, which adds a Special Edition option package (pictured) to the 2005 model lineup. The Crossfire is built in Germany by DaimlerChrysler partner Karmann.

U.S. Crossfire fans will be happy to know a 2007 model is in the works for the U.S. market.

[Sources: Autoweek, Chrysler]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      out of curiosity, how many of you haters have driven this car (srt-6 specifically)? this car wasnt meant to be practical - buy a minivan if you needs mandate it.
      chrysler has itself a nice deal, inheriting year old mercedes technology. sure has worked well with the lx platform.
      go drive a 300c srt-8 and tell me that utilizing "old" mercedes technology isn't gonna save Chrysler. Of the big 3 (or 2.5), they are leading the charge in the right direction.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I haven't driven the Crossfire, but judging by the ones I've sat in, part of the reason this car isn't selling is because the interior materials feel downright cheap. That's the downside of using inherited prev-gen Mercedes parts--interior quality is increasing at a rapid pace nowadays, and a "luxury" interior from the late '90s already looks dated and chintzy by 2006 standards. The Crossfire's dash plastics, in particular, feel thin and hard compared to newer stuff--like the ones in Chrysler's own 300, for example.

      And though I can't say for sure, having never driven one, I've got to point out in response to biopsea's comment that quantitative numbers mean very little in comparison to the qualitative driving experience. Numbers don't capture "fun to drive," and that's why people buy performance cars--we don't commute on test tracks. And even on the track, if a car doesn't give its driver the confidence to push it to its limits, its lap times can trail those of a car with lower skidpad, 0-60, and slalom figures.

      From what I understand, the Crossfire has relatively sloppy steering and brakes, plus a vague gearchange, which would make it one of those cars that's less than the sum of its test numbers. Again... people who've driven it, tell me if I'm wrong here.

      I actually like the way the Crossfire looks, in an over-the-top, Gotham City kind of way. But the fact that the SRT-6 is automatic-only keeps me from even remotely desiring to own it. It's another unfortunate Mercedes artifact... but if you're going to market a serious high-performance coupe, it's got to have a stick to get on enthusiasts' (and certainly my own) wish list.
      • 8 Years Ago
      oh yeah, and what chrisj said!
      • 8 Years Ago
      if it wasnt for the goofy looking spoiler that pops up on the back, i would have bought one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Add me to the list of people who like the looks. Pricing is a problem, just too many other nice options that its price range. Also, I've heard people mention possible high repair costs, something an extended bumper-to-bumper warranty would fix.
      Bill Grace
      • 8 Years Ago
      I own a Red 2005 Crossfire Roadster with the orginal wheels chromed and it really stands out. I only really dislike I have with the car is the ride stiffness and interior noise. Also it is over priced.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Found this one one Carmax...

      2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 2D Coupe
      Stock Number: 2503751
      Exterior Color: SapphireSilverBlue
      Interior Color: Dk Slate Gray Leather
      Model Code: ZHCX29
      Current Store: Orlando CJD
      in Orlando
      National Base Price: $34,369
      Destination Charges, Dealer Prep: $0
      Processing Fee: $149
      Florida Final No-Haggle Price: $34,518*
      MSRP: $47,080
      Factory Invoice: $0
      Savings From MSRP: $12,562

      (No, I don't work for Carmax...)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I own a Crossfire Roadster, the base model, and it was the first in the area, and I got it without dealer prep. I have had no problems with the car, it has enough pep for me, and it handles just fine. Yeah, I hated the price, but I liked the style. Kind of an art-deco car, and it looked better than the mercedes equivalent, at least to me.

      I was smart enough to just put it on a lease program, so I can unload it after a few years. Say what you want, but I have had dealers call me up to buy it back for employees that want to get it.

      Not every design is for everyone, but it is fine for me. I'm only 5'9" tall, so the size if perfect. My neighbor can't ride in it unless I put the top down.

      My next car will be a convertible, I just don't know which one, yet. This one was fun while it lasted.
      Cathy Trumble
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have to agree with squat6...I own a coupe, and I can't take the car out of the garage WITHOUT someone taking the time to remark what a "nice" car I have. The funniest comment was from a gentleman who came up to me at the gas station who was seriously thinking of selling his 'vette to buy a Crossfire. Yes, the visibility is limited, but you do get used to that, just rely on side mirrors, you'll be fine. This car moves and handles great, phenomenal turning radius, and I've owned vettes, cameros,etc. The only major drawback for me is making sure I DON'T get a speeding ticket, lol.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I own a srt-6 ansd this car is fast. Bone stock will do the quarter mile in 12.9sec. at over 113 miles per hr. Handles geat and stops faster than almost any car around. Will go from 0 to 100 mph back down to 0 in 16 seconds. Try that with any car you own and stop saying the crossfire is crap
      • 8 Years Ago
      I own a 2005 limited coupe, and brought it used. The one thing I can say about the car is that it get alot of compliments. I dont know how many times I have pulled in somewhere and people walk up to me and tell me how sleek it looks and ask questions about it. It is not the sports car everyone has in the garage, and I am very happy overall with looks, style and performance. The car does have a few hickies such as blind spots, for some reason eating thru tires like candy, but for the person that does not want an everyday sports car such as a vette, it is very appealing. I wish that Chrysler would offer a few more options to the line up though. I am 6' btw, and a bit overweight and fit just fine it it. I found it more comfortable than the BMW Z3 with far more room for my large frame. As far as handling, it is nice and zippy, but it does not like rain. The rear end does tend to slip some in wet weather, but that is easily controlled thru the wet traction control setting. Overall, I love the car to death, and have been waiting quietly for the 2007's to show up. I have totally made my mind up that I will be going with a soft top and am complitating on keeping this one to give to my daughter when she turns 16 (4 years from now) as she is in love with it as much as I am. For the money, this car is a great value. It shows a side of Chrysler that most people have had to turn to other automakers to find. And for a company on the verge of collapsing 20 years ago, Chrysler has turned into one of the most agressive automakers to date. Just look at the product offerings over the last 5 years. Overall its a awesome car if you want something that is not the "on every corner sports car"!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I must be one of the few people who think ths car looks pretty good. The interior plastics do look like crap though.
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